The Hammock Papers shares an evocative poem from Bill Holm, The Icelandic Language:
In this language, no industrial revolution;
no pasteurized milk; no oxygen, no telephone;
only sheep, fish, horses, water falling.
The middle class can hardly speak it.
In this language, no flush toilet; you stumble
through dark and rain with a handful of rags.
The door groans; the old smell comes
up from under the earth to meet you.
This poem, apparently, comes from a collection, The Dead Get By With Everything.
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